Mike talks with Seth Kaplan, a Professorial Lecturer at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Professor Kaplan has published widely in the area of development, including two books on fragile states, and has served as a consultant to organizations including the World Bank, U.S. State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the OECD. He’s the author of multiple books, the most recent of which is Fragile Neighborhoods: Repairing American Society, One Zip Code at a Time, which they discuss on this episode.
Topics Mike and Seth Discuss Include:
– what it means for a neighborhood to be fragile
– the distinction between economic and social poverty
– key factors driving the increase in social poverty
– top-down vs ‘sideways’ approaches to helping fragile neighborhoods
– programs that have made a real difference
– if we need to rethink the American Dream